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Injecting Courage into Strategy – Lift your innovation leaders above defensive traps

If you're an innovation leader who's been asked to build a strategy that can take a product, technology, alliance or service to a new level of value-creation - or transform a line of business to stay competitive in a volatile uncertain complex aggressive (VUCA) market - don't be surprised when your Courage is tested along with your intellect, creativity and [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hard hats and hard heads: Not an obstacle for 2 PowerUP innovators

"Before we wrote a single line of code or sketched our first product idea, we watched our buyers and users and saw their problems. We understood their frustrations - and saw what cost them time, money and misunderstandings. We understood how they worked and what they would and would not do with technology." That's what Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake told [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Innovation culture – are you shaping it or letting it shape you?

If you're "only" VP or Director (in American, not British, management levels) - it's tempting to look up the chain of command and ask, "Are our C-level leaders doing all they can to create an innovation culture?"  And the answer, most of the time, is "No." So - what can you do if you're handed an assignment that asks you [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

PowerUP – stay out of the Theranos trap

Groupthink.  Maybe we should call it "the Theranos trap" - when a high-power hard-charging visioning true-believer CEO refuses to listen to risk assessments - and assumes her best hopes are validated because high-status marquis-value celebrities who know little about the business are WOW'd by the vision.  Check out this post - and the article from the Washington Post about "the [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

You be the coach – with this Supply Chain Director

Case study: You be the coach - with this new Supply Chain Director   This post is a real-life case we faced - working with the Global Supply Chain Director in a global pharma R&D corporation. The client's identity is disguised, of course. But the facts are real. After reading the facts, you be the coach - and offer your suggestions to [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|


Case study #1 for LDP participants: You be the coach-orig Dear LDP colleague: This private post is for VWR LDP participants, sponsors, HRBPs, faculty and alumni. We will use it for online discussions - and as a forum for you to share leadership ideas. This blog will give you the first opportunity to share your leadership thinking and your ideas with the LDP community. In this post, [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Courage: Now validated by Google to create a safe place for innovation

Google's Project Aristotle asked why some of their innovation teams soar and others sputter. Their results were reported in the New York Times. According to Google's research, innovation teams that soar create "psychological safety" for each other. But "safety" doesn't mean settling for what's easy, routine, average. With "psychological safety," teams that soar PowerUP imagination, initiative, take-charge can-do possibility thinking and Courage - [...]

By | March 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

PowerUP performance management

How do you deliver the message, so your Next Year Performance Discussion (and Last Year Retrospective) is an ennobling, uplifting motivating call to action? The 5 PowerUP Steps give you a formula that will keep the dialogue positive even if there are though messages to take to heart.  Here's how: 1. AIM high. Define success in the coming year. Show your [...]

By | November 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

PowerUP due diligence

People. Everyone knows human capital is your biggest asset — and your biggest risk factor. So why not take a deeper dive into "people issues" when you do your due diligence -- to know where the "soft spots" are in the team and whether they are growth needs, fixer-uppers or show stoppers? For investors — a PowerUP assessment can tell if an existing management team has [...]

By | September 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

PowerUP adoption

Paying customers. Avid users. Devoted followers. Outspoken promoters. Nothing else is as important to succeed — whether you're a scrappy start-up or a giant like Apple, Sanofi or EPIC. To shift late adopters from naysaying and worst-case scenario-building to "can-do" possibility thinking. So they don't just see what your innovation can do for them -- but don't see how to live without the breakthroughs you [...]

By | August 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|